I have always had the urge and determination to be successful in life. I guess being independent goes with my ambitions to persevere in life and prove- not to everybody, but myself- that I can make things happen and that my future is in my hands.
Let me start by saying I am a single mother. I gave birth to a baby girl last December, and I’ve been providing for her since the time I got pregnant. It’s not easy being a single mom. There came a time when my daughter became sick while I was paying loans for the hospital bills I acquired during labor. I ended up with Php50 in my pocket to survive 11 days before my next payout. I bought bread and cheese to eat all throughout the 11 days. I walked 1.6km going to work and back. It was a very difficult time for me and I thought of disappearing, of giving up. But I remember looking at her photos and reminding myself that I can succeed, that I can get through. That I will do what needs to be done to provide for her.
Now I am back to work at the office, and my mom looks after my daughter who is a 1-hr plane ride away from me—but this is the most practical choice so I can provide for her needs. I am employed under a global hotel company and just recently, I finally did what I’ve been meaning to do and applied for a part time job as a real-estate agent. Again, it’s not easy being a single mom at 25 but being able to provide everything for my 4-month old daughter is one of my commitments in life. The best education, good food, beautiful clothes, amazing toys (for now)—to give all those, I need to earn as much as I can. And for me to do so, I needed to have a part time job on the side on top of my full-time one.
It’s exhausting. I have had only 5 hours of sleep over the past two weeks, but do I dare complain? No, because I love what I am doing and I love who I’m doing it for. It does help that sales is my forte and so instead of sweating it out, I am actually enjoying my time working for both the hotel and real estate industries!
After all this, I’m proud to say I made it happen. I chased after my dreams, and now, I’m on my path to success. One thing I have learned about life is that, it may not always seem fair BUT you will make it alive as long as you believe in yourself. It’s a continuous process of trying to survive, rising above the challenges and getting up after you stumble. And the people in your life—I believe they’re the ones God chose to make a difference in your life. Whenever there are big and small obstacles, it’s them who will remind you to keep your feet on the ground and see that life is still worth living.
Inspiration and persistence is the key to make it happen. Believe in yourself, because you can do it.